NFL Draft 2017 Prospect: James Gales Jr
Name: James Gales Jr
Position: Defensive Back
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
James: Physical, smart, confident.
Q: How are you going to train/prepare this offseason in preparation for the draft or other pro opportunities?
James: I’m going to approach every workout with the mindset to be better than the previous rep.
Q: If you could compare yourself to one current or former NFL player who would it be and why?
James: I’d like to think of myself as a Josh Norman, someone that can play off coverage, read, dissect and anticipate a play, but can also get in a receivers face and challenge them at the line.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
James: The biggest thing I look for during film are receiver tendencies. If the QB has a go to guy, I look for things like when does the QB look to him? What routes does the team like to run in certain situations? How is the receivers get off in pass? In Run? Does he have any tells on what the play is going to be pre snap? Things like that.
Q: What separates you from other players at your position?
James: What separates me from other corners is my play recognition and ability to retain information from film study and apply it to game situations.
Q: What kind of abilities would you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
James: Majoring in Civil Engineering, we’re taught to be problem solvers and I believed that over the course of my time here at Princeton and in HS. I’ve become well adept in identifying current/future problems and being able to work through solutions, whether it be long term or short term.
Q: What is your final pitch/sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
James: I would say I’m a smart, instinctual football player who works hard and has shown resilience and the drive to never quit and achieve the goals that I set for myself.